Hometown: Portland, OR
We are The Jackalope Saints, hailing from Portland, Oregon. Our sound is folk music fashioned to bluegrass and hammered to the floorboards of forgotten barns, winding through overgrown valleys where ailing giants sleep their lives away. Cut from seven cloths, forging original music. Bringing experience from a variety of musical backgrounds to create a unique, rich sound reminiscent of forest fires and screen doors slamming.
Duplicitous, the wilderness speaks half-truths; it calls and goes silent. The Jackalope Saints' stories are similarly mysterious. From the experience of singer-songwriter Clinton Herrick, the Saints' music preaches the folklore of Wild America. Herrick's imagery is elemental—wind and stone, bone and dust—but the lyrical detail guards more than it reveals. Sun-bleached teeth and a shadowed gunshot grow large in the listener's mind. The imagery, however, only distracts from questions of substance: who, when, and where? But these are tall tales, ghost stories, the true experience of which cannot be found in fact.
Herrick has been drawn to this folkloric imagery since his youth.
“My Grandmother gave me a jackalope postcard when I was ten [years old] . . . It's still in my guitar case.”
Traditionally associated with the American West, the mythical jackalope can mimic any sound. Cowboys around their campfires, echoes of their songs returning to them, would claim to hear the creatures singing songs back to them in the cowboys' own voices. It is these uniquely American legends that continue to fascinate Herrick and inspire the Saints' music.
The Jackalope Saints began only with Clinton Herrick and Jay Parshall, but, after hearing one of their first recorded songs on a national radio station—featured as Band of the Week—and playing a number of live shows, both Herrick and Parshall felt that their sound lacked the desired depth. John Chap was invited to play with them soon thereafter. Regular shows in the Portland area spread the Saints' mythic gospel and continued to draw new followers.Steven Schob, Davis Celis and Sharron Cannon found a truth in the Saints' music and are now canonized themselves.
“About a year ago... a friend and I were walking home and saw The Jackalope Saints practicing through a big bay window of their house (the stand up bass stood out). We decided to knock on the door and ask if we could hang out with them in exchange for some beer. They graciously invited us in and played a few songs for us. Such a randomly cool experience!
Saint fans - reddit
“Listen to any one song and you’ll hear a variety of string instruments including the banjo, fiddle, upright bass, mandolin… and more. But among the myriad instruments, Herrick’s voice isn’t lost–it’s smooth and soothing, and sounds just as fantastic live as it does recorded.”
“You guys are like a real band, you don't see those too often”
Scott Gallegos - Music man
“These guys are fantastic!”
Mayor Sam Adams - Twitter